An untapped source
There has been much debate about raising taxes and cutting services. I see an untapped revenue source that, in a single day walking around San Luis Obispo, I tallied to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars by the violations I counted.
It is based on California litter law Title 10, Section 374, which reads: “Littering means the willful or negligent throwing, dropping, placing, depositing ... a light or non-lighted cigarette” anywhere other than in an approved receptacle.
We have these laws to protect our children and our environment, but the police and sheriff do not enforce them. I am talking millions of cigarette butts littering our beaches, streets and waterways every day. For each single cigarette butt thrown on the ground or in a waterway, the perpetrator should be written a ticket for $1,000.
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This accomplishes four things. It keeps toxic and poisonous butts out of the environment. It provides much-needed revenue to support police and fire personnel and environmental causes. It provides a strong financial motivation for smokers to stop smoking. And, finally, it fully funds job creation.
This would fund ticket-writing jobs all over California and provide billions in revenue.
Let’s do it.
San Luis Obispo
A difference made
In response to Joetopia, “Our public schools need your help,” I agree wholeheartedly with the idea to donate time, donate money, donate materials.
I am a teacher at Del Mar Elementary School in Morro Bay, and we have an anonymous donor. Since the beginning of this school year, classroom materials such as white board markers, binder paper, pencils, Post-it Notes, backpacks and binders for the students have shown up in our staff room.
We don’t know who this kind angel is, but on behalf of the staff at Del Mar, thank you so much. You have made such a difference in our ability to have supplies we need to teach the best lessons we can to our students.
Special education teacher, Del Mar Elementary School
Especially in light of high oil prices, the nuclear disaster in Japan and the severe storms that appear to be part of a pattern of global warming, we have all been asking ourselves what to do about a safe form of energy.
Large-scale solar farms have many environmental drawbacks, including habitat destruction from the soil sterilization to keep weeds down with brutal impacts on aquifers and wildlife.
The top-down distribution model for energy needs a redesign. And the solution lies right in the framing of the problem: individual solar collection at the consumer’s home base.
If the digital revolution has taught us anything, it should be that small pieces loosely joined can best a broadcast model with great efficacy. Solar roofs on every home and business will solve this better than any other centralized solution, not to mention all the employment that would create.